Martyn Williams leads the side in his 98th game for Cardiff and the Blues.
Among those not available for selection were Andrew Lewis (jaw), Nathan Budgett (neck), Fereti Tuilagi (knee), Nick Robinson (leg), Dan Baugh (ankle), Ryan Powell (shoulder) and Jamie Robinson (knee).
Hooker Rhys Thomas completes a suspension period next week and will be available for the next home fixture against Connacht on 24 September. In the meantime Michael Leaman covers the hooker position on the replacements' bench.
Lock Heino Senekal has returned to the training squad this week after playing for South Western Districts in the Currie Cup competition in South Africa.
Blues team: Rhys Williams; Jonny Vaughton, Tom Shanklin, Tristan Davies, Craig Morgan; Lee Thomas, Richard Smith; Gethin Jenkins, Gareth Williams, Ben Evans, Craig Quinnell, Robert Sidoli, Nathan Thomas, Kort Schubert, Martyn Williams (captain)
Replacements: John Yapp, Michael Leaman, Martin Jones, Deiniol Jones, Mark Lewis, Dean Dewdney, Nick Macleod
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)